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July 12, 2013

Expo features items repurposed for sale, use

CHICKASHA — Combing the fanciful with the rustic, the Ruffles and Rust Expo will take place on 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 20 at the Grady County Fairgrounds.

The name itself is evocative of refurbished antiques. It makes sense then that vintage, hand-painted, hand-crafted, refurbished and repurposed are just some of the adjectives one can put in front of the wares that will be at the expo.

Camey Malbonado, owner of Relic, a vintage decor store in Amarillo, and promoter of the Ruffles and Rust Expo said that she wanted to bring something unique for small towns to enjoy instead of them having to travel elsewhere.

The vendors at the expo will be bringing a variety of wares, including lamps made from mason jars, outdoor decor made of horseshoes, peanut brittle, handmade jewelry and boutique clothing.

"We have a ton of vendors," Malbonado said. Some of these will be local Chickasha vendors as well.

So far, the area has been receptive, Malbonado said. Facebook messages of interest and inquiring phone calls

The Ruffles and Rust Expo is kicking off in Chickasha and will tour through other towns in Texas and New Mexico.

Admission to the Ruffles and Rust Expo is $5 each with free admission for all children 12 and under. The first 75 guests will receive a free shopping bag with free gifts inside.

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